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Special Programming for WTIU’s December Membership Campaign

WTIU presents an array of exciting programming for its December membership campaign, which runs from November 29 to December 8.

BLOOMINGTON, IN (November 21, 2013) – From the a cappella phenomenon Straight No Chaser, to an international blues guitar sensation, to the retrospective of one of opera’s greatest starts, we’ve got programs to delight your eyes and ears while inspiring you to support public television.


Il Volo: Buon Natale

Sunday, December 1, 10am

Usher in the holiday season with classics sung by the dashing young Italian pop-opera trio Il Volo on “Buon Natale”—Italian for “Merry Christmas.” This young Italian tenor trio were contestants on the talent show Ti Lascio Una Canzone (“Leaving You with a Song”) in 2009 as individual singers in their mid-teens. But when the producers decided they should sing “O Sole Mio” together Il Volo—which means “flight”—was born. Highly popular in Europe, Il Volo represented Italy on Quincy Jones’ charity single “We Are the World: 25 for Haiti” and performed at the 60th Annual Sanremo Music Festival in February 2010. The trio recorded their first album in London, Los Angeles, and Rome with producer Humberto Gatica, performing a mix of standards, classic Italian songs, and material penned by contemporary songwriters such as Diane Warren. (repeats 12/4 at 1 pm)

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Burt Bacharach’s Best (My Music)

Sunday, December 1, 11:30am

The melodies of celebrated songwriter Burt Bacharach have touched millions of music lovers around the world. Beginning his career as an accompanist to Marlene Dietrich, he eventually created some of the most beloved and successful pop music ever to grace radio, television, and film. This archival special includes original artists performing Bacharach’s hits with rare footage and clips from the 1960s–1980s. Highlights include “What the World Needs Now Is Love” (Jackie DeShannon), “That’s What Friends Are For” (Elton John, Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, and Gladys Knight) and “(They Long to Be) Close to You” (The Carpenters). Robert Wagner hosts.

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Great Performances: Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages

Sunday, December 1, 1pm

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Luciano Pavarotti

Like Enrico Caruso before him, Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007) extended his presence far beyond the limits of Italian opera. Quickly establishing his trademark rich sound as the great male operatic voice of the 20th century, the tenor expanded his reach to stadium concerts and pop collaborations that brought him fame beyond measure. On the 50th anniversary of Pavarotti’s career debut, Great Performances presents Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages. The program includes “Nessun Dorma” and other beloved arias from La Bohème, Rigoletto, and Aida; Neapolitan songs in arrangements by Henry Mancini including “Mamma” and “La mia canzone al vento”; audience favorites “O Sole Mio” and “Torna a surriento”; and duets with Bono, Eric Clapton, Sting and Vanessa Williams. There’s also a segment from a historic recording of Rodolfo’s aria from La Bohème, “Che gelida manina” (“Your tiny hand is frozen”), that had been lying dormant in the archives for 50 years, only now to be unearthed by Pavarotti’s widow, Nicoletta Mantovani. (repeats 12/6 at 8:30pm)

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60s Girl Grooves (My Music)

Sunday, December 1, 2:30pm

The Supremes

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The Supremes

This episode of My Music spotlights the girl groups and solo singers from the early and mid-1960s in an all-archival celebration that features original performances. “This period in American pop music was very special,” says series creator TJ Lubinsky. “It was a time of innocence, angst, puppy love, heartbreak, and, most of all, great memories of carefree youth, wherever we were hearing these songs on the radio.” Performances include “Please, Mr. Postman” by The Marvelettes; “My Boyfriend’s Back” by The Angels; “Heatwave” by Martha & the Vandellas; “Give Him a Great Big Kiss” by The Shangri-Las; “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” by The Shirelles, and many others. It’s early rock and pop at its best, hosted by Mary Wilson of The Supremes.

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Bloomington: Remember When

Sunday, December 1, 4:30pm

WTIU’s Bloomington: Remember When examines the city of Bloomington, Indiana—its array of people, places, and interesting features, and the many changes it has undergone over the decades. Through insightful stories, interviews, and archive photography, we visit a bygone Bloomington of yesterday, as well as the thriving Bloomington of today. The program features places, locations, and customs of note that have survived for decades, as well as those that have disappeared altogether.

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Elvis Lives: The 25th Anniversary Concert

Sunday, December 1, 6pm

In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, a concert was staged at the Pyramid Arena in the rock star’s hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. Through the magic of modern technology, Elvis was reunited with his original band, his back-up singers, and musical director live on stage. The result is a unique concert special, featuring Elvis from selected concerts including the Hawaii performance which remains one of the biggest satellite concerts ever. (repeats 12/4 at 8pm)

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Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas

Sunday, December 1, 7:30pm

Celebrate the holidays with timeless favorites performed with a Celtic twist in this new chapter of musical enchantment from the enormously popular all-female ensemble, Celtic Woman. Vocalists Lisa Lambe, Susan McFadden and Méav Ní Mhaolchatha perform timeless holiday favorites. A visual and aural feast, this moving and festive celebration was filmed at Dublin’s Helix Theatre. (r 12/5 1pm; 12/7 10:30am; 12/7 5:30pm)

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Return to Downton Abbey

Sunday, December 1, 9pm

Savor memories from the past three seasons of Downton Abbey and get a taste of the upcoming fourth season. Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon, a devoted fan of the series, hosts the program—a mix of behind-the-scenes footage, interviews with creators and cast members, and video clips of favorite moments. The program is structured around three themes: “The Changing World of Downton Abbey,” “The Women of Downton Abbey,” and “Love and Other Relationships at Downton Abbey.”

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Home for Christmas: The Chris Mann Christmas Special

Sunday, December 1, 10:30pm

Classically-trained singer Chris Mann celebrates the holidays with help from Martina McBride and saxophonist Mindi Abair. Included: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”; “Merry Little Christmas” (with McBride); “On a Night Like This”; “Hallelujah”; “Ave Maria”; “Auld Lang Syne” (with Abair); “Over the Rainbow”; “O Come, All Ye Faithful”; and “O Holy Night.” (repeats 12/3 1pm)

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Hoosier Rising: The Past and Present of Indiana University Basketball

Monday, December 2, 8pm

Join IU legend John Laskowski for a program that chronicles the spectacular history of Indiana University Men’s Basketball from 1900 to the present day. The documentary features never before seen footage of the greatest moments in IU basketball history, and exclusive interviews with IU basketball luminaries such as Randy Wittman, Steve Alford, Keith Smart, Jared Jeffries, Bobby “Slick” Leonard, Brian Evans, and others. “This DVD is pure unadulterated joy for fans of IU basketball,” said Assistant Athletic Director for Broadcast Services Jeremy Gray. “The footage of our greatest players and teams is tremendous and it tells the incredible story of our program in a uniquely exciting and moving way.” Plus, an expert panel ranks the 25 greatest IU players and the ten greatest teams in IU basketball history. (repeats 12/7 1:30pm; 12/8 10am)

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Joe Bonamassa: Beacon Theatre

Monday, December 2, 10pm

Internationally-renowned guitar superstar Joe Bonamassa delivers a stunning performance at the legendary Beacon Theatre in New York City in this special staged exclusively for public television. The program features memorable duet performances with classic rock singer Paul Rodgers (lead singer for Bad Company) and John Hiatt, recipient of Nashville’s Music Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting. In addition to the guest appearances, the show features new songs and a guitar experience that only Bonamassa could deliver. (repeats 12/7 3:30 p.m.)

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Classical Rewind (My Music)

Tuesday, December 3, 8pm

Classical Rewind weaves the stories of the greatest composers of all time and the origins of their music with visual interpretations of the music set to images of nature, fantasy, historical locations, architecture, and art. Experience the beauty, romance, and dramatic power of musical masterpieces in this visual and auditory joyride through the world of classical hits with host Martin Goldsmith. (r 12/8 2pm)

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Straight No Chaser – Live In New York

Tuesday, December 3, 9:30pm

The a cappella phenomenon Straight No Chaser performs classic hits from the 1950s and 1960s, the Motown era, and contemporary pop hits, all with their trademark humorous twist. The ten-man group originated in 1996 at Indiana University. In 2006, their video of “The 12 Days of Christmas” gained widespread popularity and led to a five-album deal with Atlantic Records. The YouTube video has been viewed over 16 million times. Live In New York includes material from their new Christmas album, including “The Christmas Can Can” and “Hey Santa!” and, of course, the song that started it all: “The 12 Days of Christmas.”

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John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind (My Music)

Wednesday, December 4, 9:30pm

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John Sebastian

The My Music series is dedicated to the preservation of American music and is produced exclusively for PBS. This installment, hosted by The Lovin’ Spoonful’s lead singer John Sebastian, focuses on the finest singers and songwriters of the classic 1950s and ’60s folk era, through live performances and archival footage that has not been seen in more than four decades. The program includes Pete Seeger and Judy Collins singing “Turn, Turn, Turn,” Harry Belafonte’s hit “Jamaica Farewell,” and Trini Lopez’s rendition of “If I Had a Hammer.” All the original members of The Chad Mitchell Trio reunite to perform Bob Dylan’s anthem “Blowin’ in the Wind,” Jesse Colin Young of The Youngbloods offers the generation-defining hit “Get Together,” and Barry McGuire belts out his 1965 chart-topper “Eve of Destruction.” Roger McGuinn of The Byrds delivers an encore of two of his biggest hits: “My Back Pages” and “Turn, Turn, Turn.” There are also Rod McKuen’s classic “Seasons in the Sun” and Bobby Darin’s heartfelt “Simple Song of Freedom.”

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3 Steps to Incredible Health! with Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

Friday, December 6, 10pm

Board-certified family physician, nutritional researcher, and author Joel Fuhrman offers a healthy, effective, and scientifically-proven plan for shedding weight quickly and reclaiming vitality and good health. The key to the program’s success is simple: health = nutrients/calories. When the ratio of nutrients to calories in the food you eat is high, optimal health is achieved and fat melts away. The more nutrient-dense food you consume, the more you will be satisfied with fewer calories, and the less you will crave fat and high-calorie foods. Dr. Fuhrman uses success stories from people who have followed his advice to illustrate the possibilities of eating a nutrient-dense diet. He explains how to remove food cravings and food addictions; and how the drive to overeat melts away when your nutrient needs are adequately met. He shows the way to reverse disease and accelerate fat loss by eating more superfoods: greens, onions, mushrooms, beans, and seeds.

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Rick Steves’ Delicious Europe

Saturday, December 7, 5pm

Rick Steves enjoys a local rosé

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Rick Steves enjoys a local rosé

When it comes to good eating, Europe is a food lover’s wonderland: elegant cuisine, rustic delights, seasonal treats, beloved bakeries, a passion for wine, and slow food rather than fast food. In this tasty half-hour, we dine with Rick Steves as he enjoys Europe’s best—from gourmet tapas in Galicia to the trattoria of your dreams in Rome, and from the catch of the day in Greece to the ancient vines and wines of Burgundy. For garlicky snails, creamy buffalo mozzarella, savory bouillabaisse, the best of the wurst, and more, join Steves on this fun celebration of European cuisine.

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Wisconsin Jewel Box Theaters: “Club Swing” by Five by Design

Sunday, December 8, 5:30pm

Five By Design combines warm, well-rounded vocals with vintage fashions and theatrical panache. For more than two decades the group has shared their love of vocal harmony and preservation of the Great American Songbook, introducing audiences to the songwriters and personalities of the past. They’ve appeared with numerous big bands and hundreds of symphony orchestras including the Boston Pops, St Louis Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, and others. “Club Swing” is Five By Design’s musical revue of favorite swing and big band tunes from the 1930s,’40s and ’50s. The ensemble performs standards of the era such as “In the Mood” and “Sing, Sing, Sing,” as well as some delightful songs that may be new to you, in a concert recorded at the State Theatre in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

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